Broadway shows are an iconic part of the New York City experience. They’re as “New York” as pizza and the Empire State Building. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Broadway theatres were shuttered, but they are on track to reopen during the summer of 2021 as restrictions ease. The return of Broadway shows will bring energy back to the New York City performing arts scene, and help the many restaurants located near theatre’s that rely on the after-show crowds. At Arlo Hotel we remind our guests they’re staying less than a mile from the Broadway district and encourage them to learn as much as they can about NYC theatre-going before they enjoy their first show.
The Broadway area is named for the Broadway street, which doesn’t just run through Manhattan, but continues through Westchester County for a total of just over 30 miles. A few theatres are located on Broadway, with many others just a street or two off. The name “Broadway” is much more than a location reference, it means the entire theatre industry and represents the aspirational dream for performers around the world.
We suggest first timers to Broadway shows carefully consider the type of show they want to enjoy. There are of course dozens of musicals on offer, but also dramas, comedies, and other shows that all feature superlative actors and stages. Families might lean towards musical numbers or shorter performances, while people on a date might enjoy a comedy or romantic drama featuring a love story.
After choosing the type of show they want to see, we encourage guests to look at the different venues and its seating arrangements. Some of these theatre’s offer a range of tickets that might include obstructed views. We suggest or guests read reviews about each venue so they can pick the best seats for their budget and preferences. Buying tickets is done directly through the theatre, through a third-party app selling available seats, or through a “half price” tickets kiosk including the famous one located in nearby Times Square.